Caregivers Forum; 2016 Program Announced
Townshippers’ Association’s third annual Caregivers Forum, on Saturday, March 19, will offer English-speaking caregivers a unique opportunity to gather tools, information and resources to help them better care for themselves while caring for their loved ones. Open to all community members, this free event opens at 10 am at Princess Elizabeth Elementary School, 120 Bellevue in Magog, and will include lunch and gift, a chance to meet with local community organizations and an opportunity to participate in two workshops facilitated by local experts. Caregivers in the Townships will have the chance to learn how to care for themselves while caring for a loved ones at the free annual Caregivers Forum on March 19 in Magog. The keynote presentation, offered by Ms. Amanda Rocheleau, will begin at 10:30 am. Ms. Rocheleau is a registered social worker, a compassion fatigue therapist, and an advocate for taking care of oneself while caring for others.
“People who serve others in need do so because they have a talent to empathize and respond with compassion,” according to Ms. Rocheleau. “However, empathy can be like a double-edged sword. The more we feel for others who are suffering the more we may suffer ourselves.” Through her presentation, Ms. Rocheleau will share tips for managing the symptoms of compassion fatigue and potential burnout. Ms. Rocheleau’s presentation will be followed by a lunch during which time participants will be able to get to know local organizations offering services and resources for caregivers. Afternoon workshops then take place from 12:15 pm to 1 pm and 1:15 pm to 2 pm. For the first workshop, participants are invited to choose from one of two options: a workshop on healthy living and healthy practices offered by kinesiologist Catherine St-Pierre, or a workshop on home security and fraud prevention, offered by Sûreté du Québec police officer Patrice Grégoire. For the second workshop, attendees can either participate in a workshop offered by Edith Chaput, a notary specializing in the protection of assets, or one offered by Stephan Elkas, Vice-President and Director of Steve L. Elkas Funeral Homes.
The third annual Caregivers Forum is intended to offer tools, information, and resources to help and support community caregivers. The event is open to all community members – after all, at some point in all of our lives, we may likely find ourselves occupying the role of caregiver to another, whether by choice or not.
The Caregivers Forum is presented by Townshippers’ Association, in partnership with the Memphrémagog Community Learning Center, the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN), Cass Funeral Homes, the Department of Canadian Heritage and McGill Training and Retention Project.
Registration is not required and all are welcome. Free tote bags will be given to the first 100 guests, courtesy of the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages.
For additional information about the Caregivers Forum, please visit Townshippers’ Association online at www.Townshippers.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Townshippers’ office near you: Estrie 819-566-5717, toll free 1-866-566-5717, Montérégie East 450-242-4421, toll free 1-877-242-4421.